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Transportation is one of the most dynamic industries in the world. To achieve and maintain a competitive advantage, you need the help of legal professionals who are dedicated to the industry and have a thorough understanding of the latest trends and ever-changing regulations and jurisdictional challenges.

Major areas of concern confronting the North American transportation industry include heightened border security, customs compliance and enforcement and carrier safety. In addition, there is increasing corporate/commercial and M&A cross-border activity that requires a sophisticated understanding of the applicable legal and regulatory regimes. We have committed significant resources towards ensuring that our clients are kept abreast of the rapidly evolving legal and business environment.

The Aird & Berlis Transportation Group is one of Canada’s pre-eminent transportation practice groups, recognized as both a pioneer and a leader in transportation law. We advise on the full spectrum of issues important to companies operating in or servicing the transportation sector in Canada, including corporate & commercial, cross border & customs, regulatory, advocacy, independent operator & employment and tax matters. Our experts are listed in The Canadian Legal Lexpert Directory and The Best Lawyers in Canada as leaders in the field of transportation law. Prominent surface, air, rail and ocean vessel transportation companies rely on us to advise on Canadian legal matters in all areas of their businesses.

Who We Help

Our team represents leading domestic and international clients who are engaged in all modes of transportation or are service providers to the transportation industry, including:

  • Truckload and less-than-truckload carriers
  • Municipal public transit systems
  • Van lines and household goods carriers
  • Bus carriers
  • Third-party logistics providers
  • Rail carriers
  • Air carriers
  • Expedited service providers
  • Warehouse operators
  • Shippers and receivers
  • Equipment lessors
  • Insurers
  • Freight forwarders
  • Customs brokers
  • Motor vehicle manufacturers and importers

International Perspective

For more than 40 years, our Transportation Group has provided domestic and international clients with exceptional legal advice. To maintain our edge in transportation law, we actively participate in all three North American transportation lawyers’ associations and serve on executive and specially constituted committees. Two of our key lawyers are past presidents of the Canadian Transport Lawyers Association, and another is one of the founding members.